Aila's work reflects the colours and textures of the rocky environment of her homeland,
Since moving from her mother country, Finnish rock has come to represent a certain
identity which could only be from Finland. It’s permanence and stability is reassuring,
offering nostalgic memories of her childhood, playing on the rocks.
The subtle colours and rough, and then smooth textures have always fascinated Aila,
and you can really see that in her work.
Much of her work is constructed by the slab technique, building with paper clay,
which is then glazed and fired to earthenware temperature.
Paper clay is a great medium because it is so light but looks heavy like rock. The
rough surface, too, really resembles that of rock.
Scandinavian design has always been about simplicity and strength, influenced by
nature. Aila creates forms with a purity that feels organic and natural. Her colours
are often vibrant and unspoilt, as if extracted from a plant.